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Old 07-06-2012, 10:53 PM   #11
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I've also got a 2012 184bh and could'nt love it anymore ! Great little unit and pulls very good. We are a family of four and fits our needs. I have to agree it makes a difference with the front stabilizer jacks added and lights in the cupoards/storage also does quiet a difference. The build quality is very good. I pull it with a 2005 Equinox 3.4L and no complaints at all. Pulls very good. Sway bar and WD installed.
If you are happy pulling it with the Equinox, I gotta believe my truck will be fine. We actually had a 2006 Equinox, and liked it a lot. the 5 speed tranny in that vehicle made a big difference to me in driveability with the 3.4, way better than the old 4 speeds. It was a lease, but we were looking to buy one a year later...that or the torrent. We ended up with a 2008 saturn vue xr, and love it also. Thanks for the input. Wondering what wd you have, and what brake controller?
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #12
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Bought our 2012 184BH last Sep. No complaints here.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:56 AM   #13
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jd----questions are never annoying! Ask away!!!

We got the Thetford SmartTote. We've only used it once--dumped both grey and black. Slipped the handle over the ball and off we went to the dump station! And fear not---we see lots of of them being used (kinda felt left out WITHOUT one).

I have to laugh at how we 're all pondering about where to put our tvs! So much for rustic camping!!:lizard: But my husband needs his tv and I enjoyed having it too! (we also camp with 2 iPads and a Hot Spot so we're obviously comfort campers!)

Anyway--back to the tv---we thought about little flip down models, etc. Got a 19 inch. I,too, hate giving up part of my counter space. I put a wooden serving tray (about 2.5 inches deep) upside down over my burners to make that counter space. That's where we put our small 5-cup coffee pot, etc. I'll get some pics this weekend.

2 other devices we got for the camper---a weather radio and an indoor/outdoor thermometer. Got the therm. at Walmart . We just hang the antenna cord out a window and it tells us the temp inside/outside and the inside humidity.

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:14 AM   #14
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I need advise guys and gals. I have been looking around a bit, and am stuck on a few units. I am comparing the swift slx 154 and 184bh to the sportsman classic/spree escape 16bh and 19bh. I have a 2005 chevy Colorado Z71 Crew Cab which should pull either just fine once I add brakes and WD. I am attracted to the smaller size, ease of use of the 16's, but really like the couch and extra space of the 19's. I have walked through all models, and feel like the jayco is built a little better. I liked the pleated shades most of all, the classics have metal and were way annoying. I am looking for any and all recommendations from those of you that have the jayco versions. I am really leaning toward the 184bh, since I really don't think the extra 3 ft and 400lbs will tax my truck too much more. Things I think about are small tanks/emptying; can I actually mount a small say 19" lcd tv on the wall by the tv hookups? I don't want take up the only counter space. I found a mount that will allow it to come down easily during towing. I am really worried about the small ac units, and how well they actually work in the 184bh's. I was in a few that were sitting in the sun, and they get darn hot. Wondering about WD and what one would work good and allow some sway control as well as ease of backing in. Anything at all that you have learned I would love to learn. Thanks in advance to you all. I have already learned some of the coolest stuff reading around here, and I haven't even purchased mine yet!
We have the 2012 184BH and absolutely love it. We've never camped before so having the amenities of home is a real treat (not sure we can even call it "camping" ) Anyway... If you go with Jayco definitely go with the 184. We went in thinking we were going to buy the 154 but the couch and extra space of the 184 made such a difference and didn't really have any effect on the bottom line or with towing. I tow with an '02 Explorer V6 with a 3500lb tow rating. To answer your question about A/C, we camped this past Holiday in 100+ degrees with little to no shade and it was fine. Just buy a little fan to circulate the air and you'll be all good, especially when sleeping. We use a 16" LED TV, bought from amazon, NAXA is the brand. Good little unit. I'm like others, can't decide on a place to mount it but it's so thin it backs right up to the the wall next to the sink you don't even notice it's there. We had the dealer throw in 2 stack jacks for the front to remove the bounce and it did the trick. The tanks are sure small, we've gone out 5 times now but only once without full hookups (water, electric and sewer). We didn't care much for not having the sewer that we probably won't do it again with this unit. Not sure what your camping desires are but the places we're interested in going at this point in our lives have the option, so for the extra $3 we will skip the hassle and get WES sites. The one time we did use a WE site the tanks lasted 3 days with room to spare but we were cautious and we did use the CG's shower and toilet facilities at times. I do have the WD hitch, trailer brakes and sway control and absolutely love it. Most of the time you can't even tell the trailer is there. Sorry I can't think of the brand and type of system those are but if you need them just let me know. I don't k now of the other model you're thinking of but I really can't say enough good things about the 184BH for a family of 3. Good luck and keep us posted on your decision.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:22 PM   #15
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I recently bought the 184bh. I am happy with it so far. The AC is a little underpowered so a fan is a must. I have already done some modifications, and I am planning to do a couple more. The storage is excellent, but it could use a drawer or two. It has plenty of lights, but they put out a lot of heat and I will be converting them soon to LEDs. There is good space in the bath room and kitchen. I would have loved to see an oven in it, it might have made this the perfect TT for my family. The vent above the stove just re-routes the air back inside the camper. I dont think it would have been out of the question to route that outside. I have a 2 inch memory foam mattress pad that I have put on the dinette/bed and it is extremely comfortable. I have have ordered a sway controller and front stabilizers to match the back. I might have to do a little light welding underneath to attach the stabilizes, but that's ok. It is stable without them, but I plan on having this TT for a long time. I am pulling mine with a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. I am actually impressed how well it tows... even with an underpowered Jeep. I bought some over the door hooks for the bathroom for towels because there is no way to hang towel holders in the bathroom. I hung this tv above the counter and it works EXTREMELY well. http://www.kitchentvreviews.com/audi...d-tv-dvd-combo It has a 12" screen and a DVD built in + it folds back up when not in use. With the digital antenna I get about 40 stations. I use a BAL lever to level it and it works great. http://www.amazon.com/BAL-R-V-Produc.../dp/B000BH5MAA Just put that on the low side tire and put a drill one it... done. I wish it had a couple more power receptacles that were easy to get too. There is one in the cabinet above the sink, one in the cabinet above for the AC, one near the sink, and TWO under the dinette. There should be one per bunk, and one near the couch, but it is not the end of the world. there just is not a good place to put a night light. I think my popup camper had more power receptacles than the 184BH. The step on the front door can be a little cantankerous to pull out, but once out, there is no bounce to it. The fridge seems to work well on LP. I have not tried it on AC/DC yet. I bought one of these to help circulate the air inside the fridge. http://www.amazon.com/Camco-44123-RV...=RV+fridge+fan I have not tried it yet, but I have read great reviews. They work for 30 days on 2 D batteries. I may be installing one of these as well. http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-A10-2...=RV+fridge+fan

I know that write up was all over the place, I was just writing down my thoughts as they came.

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Old 07-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #16
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We purchased our 184bh just under a year ago and we love it!
Ours is pulled by a V6 Toyota Tacoma with no problems at all.
When we purchased ours, we asked the dealer about adding a wall mounted tv and they highly recommended not to do so. So, we bought an LCD tv to sit on the open counter space (I still have enough room to sit drying dishes on the counter top).
We have 2 young kids, so the added seating space has been very beneficial. I also feel like this floor plan really utilizes the small space...I do not feel cramped for storage space.
Make sure, however, that you inquire about an ASC drip pan to be installed below the air conditioning unit. Our TT did not come with one and the condensation from the a.c. unit has started making its way into the window located just below it. Turns out, this is a recall issue that we are getting taken care of this week. But be warned!
The a.c. does, however, effectively cool our camper (I often take an indoor/outdoor thermometer along to test the temps) and it has reached 62 degrees. Same applies to the refrigerator...I've had to turn it down as foods were starting to freeze.
Sure we would love to have larger sized tanks, but I guess we can't have everything!
I would highly recommend the 184bh. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:53 AM   #17
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I'll chime in for the 154BH. We've had ours a year this month and have spent many nights in it. I can say we have it almost set up where were want it as far as outfitting goes. We too added a 19" TV but we wall mounted it and it works great. It us usually just my wife and I so the 154 is more than enough room for the two of us. We started out towing with a V6 Ford Ranger which was rated for it but it was just so hard on it we had to upgrade our TV to a 2012 F150 XL with the full tow package and it works great now. I honestly don't think you could go wrong with either for the money.

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Old 08-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #18
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How did you do the wall mount? Can you post some pics?
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #19
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I added the Audiovox 12in version of this TV under the cabinet. It works great.

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It just so happens that I'm going to be doing a few little odds and ends in the camper tomorrow so I'll get some pics of the TV mount. The wall and cabinet as you walk in the door on the 154 was just made for a small little entertainment center. We also upgraded the stereo that came with it and put in one with iPod input and CD player. We added a bluray player. Been thinking about doing a dish to be honest the little antenna that comes with it does a great job pulling in stations.

With the F150, you can't even tell the camper is back there when towing. With the Ranger, it was a struggle to maintain speed on the interstate.

I'll post some pics of our little entertainment center tomorrow.
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